IAWF: new Executive Director, and screening of “Red Skies of Montana”

The International Association of Wildland Fire is making some news, including the fact that they have a new Executive Director, Mikel Robinson of Missoula, Montana. I know Mikel and I am sure she will do a great job for the IAWF. Here is an excerpt from an announcement on the IAWF site:

Ms. Robinson has been working with the IAWF as a conference coordinator for the last five years. She received her BS in accounting from The University of Montana (UM) and has worked at UM for the past 7 years as a Division Manager managing programs in the Health and Environmental fields. Over the next month the international headquarters will move from Birmingham, Alabama, to Missoula.

The IAWF’s Safety Summit is coming up in a few weeks, titled “11th International Wildland Fire Safety Summit: Promoting the Story of Wildland Fire Safety… From the Local to the Global”. (whew!) It will be held April 4-8 in Missoula, Montana.

During the conference, on April 5, there will be a special screening of the movie “Red Skies of Montana”, which was filmed near Missoula and released in 1952. If you will be anywhere near the Wilma Theater in Missoula on April 5 and have not seen this classic wildland fire film, or even if you have seen it, you should stop by and enjoy it. You don’t have to register for the conference to see the movie, and the proceeds will go to support two organizations – the Museum of Mountain Flying in Missoula, and the International Fire Relief Mission.

Red Skies of Montana poster

The IMDb’s description of the movie:

When a large forest fire breaks out in the mountains of Montana, a squad of ‘Smoke Jumpers’, the paratroop-corps of fire-fighters in the U. S. Forest Service, is flown to the scene from their regional headquarters in Missoula, Montana. The Forest Rangers, under Cliff Mason, put out the blaze, but several of the fire-fighters are killed. Ed Miller, son of one of the dead rangers, thinks he died because Mason was a coward, and sets out to prove it.

Here is more information about the movie screening on April 5.

Red Skies Release

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.